Gloss·a·ry – Mother Issues
By Michelle Carney

Celebrate mom this Mother’s Day with some creative lip beauty that gets to the root of her “issues.” No, there’s no psychotherapy happening here, just some lip therapy in the form of a few fun gifts.

If one is good, then nine has to be better. For the mother who doesn’t like to have to choose, she won’t have to with Skinn Cosmetics’ Dressed To The Nines Lip Color Compact ($36). Nine colorful shades of collagen boosting lipstick – from champagne pink and light mocha to rich berry – come dressed in a sleek black compact along with two lip brushes and a slim mirror. With this choice, she’ll never have to worry about switching out her lipsticks in her purse everyday. Rich pigments keep color from fading, moisturizing shea butter and sunflower seed oil help condition and collagen-boosting peptides add fullness.

Mom hasn’t quite caught on to the green movement? Tarte’s be good to your mother (earth) set ($35) is a very good place to start. Three natural lip sheers come wrapped in a reusable natural cotton tote, that’s perfect for a light grocery shop.

Reduce (golden coral), Reuse (bright pink) and Recycle (peachy nude) are healthy tinted SPF 15 balms formulated with beeswax, coconut oil, mango butter, peppermint oil and Vitamin E. Of course, they’re packed in recycled aluminum. And here are some facts about using that happy purple sack instead of plastic bags. She’ll save herself from adding nasty toxins to the environment that account for more than 10% of debris that washes up on the coastline and endanger more than 200 species of sea life. 

So mom’s obsessed with fighting the clock. While you can’t turn back the hands of time or treat her to a facelift, nor would you want to, you can give her some lip service with Lierac Paris Cohérence Lip Contour Cream ($39). An easy, pretty fix from France that fights those pesky wrinkles around the mouth, Cohérence Lip Contour Cream uses a combo of agents to nourish and smooth like “Type III Accelerating Vectors” that encourage collagen production for reducing lines and lifting the skin, and wheat proteins and Hyaluronic Acid for moisture and protection. Plus, it acts as a primer to help color last and keep lipstick from feathering and flaking. Available at CVS stores and

Teach your mother about the wonders of soy – it’s not just for eating anymore. While soy is touted for preventing cancer and reducing the risks of heart disease, osteoporosis and curbing the effects of menopause, it’s also an intense moisturizer and a natural collagen booster for the lips. Show her how it works with Soy Pure’s Exfoliating Lip Smoother and Purely Soft Lip Balm Set ($43). Available in unflavored and tangerine tea flavor, the Exfoliating Smoother rids the dry, flaky surface layer of skin on the lips to reveal the smooth, fresh skin underneath. Then anti-oxidants go to work blocking free radicals. The Lip Balm softens and plumps lips with Green Tea Extract.

For the mother who’s a pro multi-tasker, feed her fetish for economizing on time and space with Mally Beauty Pro Natural Lip and Cheek Rouge ($20). This petite compact houses a multi-purpose cream that delivers natural color to the lips and cheeks and even adds lift and definition to the face when applied on the high part of the eyebrow and pulse points of the neck. In Pink, Peach and Berry shades, the rouge is made with jojoba, shea butter and natural waxes so the seamless color blends in easily and mimics a natural flush.


The gloss•a•ry is PrettyCity’s monthly roundup of all that glitters from our own wand-toting shimmer expert, Michelle Carney. Tune in each month for the latest and greatest in pout perfecting products utterly devoted to your sparkly, sexy and oh-so-shiny lips.  Please contact Michelle Carney with story ideas or product suggestions

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